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Choosing a Commentary
Choosing a commentary depends on:
Your Audience: The faculty assigning your research is your audience. Be sure to use commentaries that will best support your work in their class. If a commentary is written for a general audience, it does not show your ability to understand critical, exegetical works.
Your Intent: If you intend to be take seriously, use the "most serious" works to back up your writing.
The Commentary's Scope and Context: If a commentary is dated, even if highly critical and extensive, it may not have the most recent linguistic, archaeological, or historical discoveries.
When Selecting a Commentary Ask the Following:
Who wrote it and who is the publisher?
What audience was this written for?
When was it written?
You should as the "WHO, WHAT, WHEN" for any work you might cite.
Oxford Biblical Studies Online
Three Types of Bible Commentaries